Can Agile Be Used to Rescue a Troubled Project?

Tom Cagley FaceThe March Trusted Advisor report is now available on our website. In the report, Tom Cagley considers the question of whether or not Agile can be used to rescue troubled IT projects.

Tom explains the benefits of Agile development, the Agile process and when and how Agile can specifically be used to rescue projects that are failing.

The report is available here.

As always, the topic of the report was selected by Trusted Advisor members. Members submit questions to the backlog as they choose, and they can also vote on the questions they want to have researched. Each month, the DCG Research Team produces a report on the question with the most votes.

If you wish to join Trusted Advisor, contact Tony Timbol at 610-644-2856 or

So, what are your thoughts? Is Agile the best choice for rescuing troubled IT projects? Would you choose a different framework or tool?

Sarah Weddle
Marketing Associate / Social Media Specialist

Written by Sarah Weddle at 07:00
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What Would Be a Basic Framework or Model for Establishing an Effective IT Governance Function?

What would be a basic framework or model for establishing an effective IT Governance function? This is the question that Mike Harris analyzes in the February Trusted Advisor Report, available now.

The question, submitted by a member of Trusted Advisor, addresses a common concern regarding how organizations can align their IT strategy with their business strategy for optimum impact.

The report reviews the role of IT Governance, with regard to leadership, management clients and users of IT. It also provides a review of effective frameworks to establish governance that seeks to achieve business goals.


This report is available on our website for all those interested in reading it (it will only be accessible for one month to non-members). If you wish to join Trusted Advisor and access the full library of reports or submit a question, contact Fiona Thompson at 610-644-2856, ext.21 or

Sarah Weddle
Marketing Associate / Social Media Specialist

Written by Michael D. Harris at 09:00
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DCG Trusted Advisor Anthology 2013



DCG’s Trusted Advisor Anthology is now available for purchase! The collection features all Trusted Advisor reports from July 2011 through December 2012 (18 reports in total).

DCG’s Trusted Advisor addresses the complex concerns IT professionals face, providing easy-to-understand research that guides decision-making and offers a competitive advantage.

Contributors to the collection include DCG and DCG-SMS experts:

Reports cover a variety of software process improvement and software development best practice topics. Included in the collection are:

  • How Can We Run Waterfall and Agile in Parallel?
  • Is There Any Evidence that Agile is Better Than Other SDLCs?
  • What is the Difference Between Agile and Iterative Software Development?
  • Why is it so Difficult for Organizations to Get an Accurate Estimate?

All members of Trusted Advisor received a complimentary copy of the report. Learn more about Trusted Advisor, including how to join, here.

The e-book is available for purchase on Amazon.

Sarah Weddle
Marketing Associate / Social Media Specialist

Written by Michael D. Harris at 09:00
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Does Function Point Analysis Change with New Approaches to Software Development?

Sheila Dennis Face (1)Function Point Analysis, an industry best practice software-sizing technique, has been in use for roughly 25 years. But, over time, technology has changed and evolved – so, is the function point method still viable for newer technologies, without any enhancements or changes?

In the newest Trusted Advisor report, Sheila Dennis, CFPS & Senior Management Consultant, examines the question, “Does Function Point Analysis change with new approaches to software development?,” coming to the conclusion that, as long as the FP counter appropriately applies FPA guidelines, no adjustments need to be made.

Further, she examines three types of architectures used in today’s business sectors and what counters should consider in these scenarios:

  • Client Server/Cloud Computing
  • Real-time, Process Control and Embedded Systems
  • Service-oriented Architecture (SOA)

This report, and past reports, can be accessed by all Trusted Advisor members. Trusted Advisor is free to join for all those interested.

To sign up for Trusted Advisor and access this report (including sources), contact Fiona Thompson at 610-644-2856, ext.21 or

Sarah Weddle
Marketing Associate / Social Media Specialist

Written by Michael D. Harris at 09:00

The Trusted Advisor Collection–available for free!

Join David Consulting Group on 2/28 at 1:30pm EST for a webinar highlighting key research from the 2012 Trusted Advisor archive, presented by Mike Harris, DCG President and CEO and Trusted Advisor Research Director.


What is Trusted Advisor? Trusted Advisor is David Consulting Group’s research service for IT professionals, designed to provide answers to key industry questions.

Each month our experts address a member-submitted question in the software development / IT domain, producing a written report on the topic, accessible by all members of the community.

This year’s reports have been compiled into a collection, available for purchase as an ebook. However, the collection will be provided at no cost to current Trusted Advisor members and webinar participants.

Register now to hear highlights from the past year’s research reports and to receive a free copy of the 2012 collection.

Sarah Weddle
Marketing Associate / Social Media Specialist

Written by Michael D. Harris at 09:00
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"It's frustrating that there are so many failed software projects when I know from personal experience that it's possible to do so much better - and we can help." 
- Mike Harris, DCG Owner

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